Mise En Scene In Saving Private Ryan

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In a scene from “Saving Private Ryan”, a film directed by Steven Spielberg, Captain John Miller and other GIs approach Omaha beach in a landing craft. The scene begins with the soldiers all tightly cramped in the landing craft awaiting the landing on the beach. There is then a close-up of Captain Miller’s hand shaking and the camera then pans up towards his face and then slowly moves backwards to show the faces of the other soldiers in the landing craft. It shows some men throwing up and then there is a countdown of 30 seconds by a soldier in another boat. Captain Miller then give commands to the soldiers in his boat and there are then a series of cuts of close-up shots of some of the soldiers faces while in the background there are …show more content…
The scene is shot on location giving it realistic feeling and the scene’s layout involves a huge plain of sand with a bunker on the other side that towers over the beach containing the German soldiers. This shows that the Germans have the upper hand in the battle between the two sides and that it is going to be a hard and deadly battle for the American soldiers. The setting of the scene also involves a rainy scene with a dark overcast. This gives the viewer an ominous feeling and foreshadows that something bad is going to happen which happens the moment the landing craft door opens and the soldiers in the front are immediately shot and killed. The director also utilizes low-key lighting in the scene to create shadows and foreshadow the evil that is about to take place, which is the slaughtering of the American soldiers by the …show more content…
As the boat is pulling up to the shore, there are sounds of gunfire and bombs exploding in the distance as well as the sounds of soldiers vomiting on board. This builds up tension as the viewer can hear the danger in the distance and also hear the fear on board as the soldiers repeatedly throw up. For the next few shots there are loud noises throughout the soundtrack of bombs or gunfire. This intensifies the scene making it even more terrifying. When the men jump overboard to avoid the gunfire, the camera follows them under the water and while it is under the water, there are no more loud noises. The gives the viewer a realistic sense of what the men are hearing as the sounds switch to underwater sounds with no sounds coming from

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